Style & Substance: Spring is a time for new beginnings

Dear Style & Substance:

With spring being just around the corner I have decided that this is the perfect time for new beginnings. My dilemma is where to begin……I want to lose weight, update my look, and change my job. Is this too much change at once? I am very motivated and ready to take action but I do not want to fail. I have tried making changes in the past but have given up when I hit a roadblock. How can I make and maintain positive change?

We applaud your motivation and your desire for self-improvement. We also recognize the truth of taking on too much and meeting with failure and disappointment. Disappointment in yourself certainly drains the desire and does nothing to support your goals.

The first step in your personal transformation should be a realistic self-assessment. Dig deeper into your motivation – discover the answer as to why you are feeling the need for so much change at one time. Are you dissatisfied with your appearance? Do you feel stuck or unfulfilled in your work? Are you pleased with who you are at this moment?

The answers to these questions can guide your spring action plan. We believe in a holistic approach to health and wellness that uses MODERATION as the guiding factor. We also believe dressing up in flattering clothes can build self-confidence in that the outside appearance leads to the internal belief. Fashion and style can be interpreted as self-expression.

An easy daily plan and realistic approach can be to use an a-la-carte menu of activities or actions that will be beneficial to your improvement plan and hopefully something that you begin to naturally incorporate into the daily maintenance and development of YOU. Make it simple; add or subtract from this list, by clarifying what the steps mean to you…then pick 2 or 3 every day to complete.

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